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David Sutton

David is a full-time arbitrator practicing in London and Paris in international commercial and investment disputes. He is also an accredited mediator.

He has been involved with international arbitration for many years, first as counsel and then as arbitrator and author. David also practiced commercial litigation in the courts of England and Hong Kong. 

Until 2001, David was a partner in the law firm of Allen & Overy where, with the benefit of a higher advocacy certificate, he led that firm’s dispute resolution department in London for many years. He also practiced as counsel and arbitrator in Hong Kong and later in Paris before leaving Allen & Overy. As counsel, David acted for government entities, utilities, banks and commercial undertakings in a variety of disputes.

His professional experience as an arbitrator extends to a wide range of transactions, relating to banking and finance, joint ventures, oil and gas (onshore, offshore and pricing), intellectual property, licencing of patents, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. He has also decided substantial claims involving civil fraud and related torts as well as cross-border bankruptcy.

As an arbitrator, David has sat in many countries, east and west, and he has applied a variety of civil laws as well as common laws. He has been appointed as sole arbitrator and president of tribunals by many of the leading arbitration institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), Zurich Chamber of Commerce (ZCC), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He has also conducted ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL rules.


  • Agency
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Finance and Banking
  • Environment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Joint Venture

Education and Career: 

Former partner of Allen & Overy, leading their dispute resolution practice for several years.

Former solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales with higher advocacy certificate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong.

Presently arbitrator, barrister and Avocat à la Cour de Paris.


Russell on Arbitration (21st, 22nd and 23rd editions) with co-authors.

Appointments and Society Memberships: 

  • Avocat à la Cour de Paris
  • Bar Council of England and Wales
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow)
  • HKIAC (former member of the management committee)
  • ICC Commission on International Arbitration (former member of the Court)
  • International Bar Association
  • LCIA (former member of the Board)

Lectures and Teaching: 

Lectured at Queen Mary College, London, Hong Kong University and Stockholm University as well as before several arbitration institutions.


"An immensely experienced chair for a broad range of commercial disputes." The Legal 500 UK Bar 2018

"Extremely experienced. He has a lovely, easy manner and knows how to manage a case." Chambers UK Bar 2019

He is a highly experienced and very well thought of lawyer.” Chambers UK Bar 2018

Extremely well regarded by counsel and peers alike.” The Legal 500 UK Bar 2017

A pleasure to work with. He is meticulous, intelligent and diligent.” Chambers UK Bar 2017

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